From September to December 2013, 16 young people developed their own entrepreneurial ideas through creative workshops at Providence House and research sessions at Battersea Arts Centre. They explored the needs of the local area, went out onto the streets to gain support for their plans and invited the local community to give feedback. They also met with professionals in their chosen field to gain expert advice.
On 7 December 2013 they pitched their ideas to a panel for the chance to gain up to £2000 funding and continued mentoring and support to make their idea a reality. Find out more about the funded projects below:
A fashion event, magazine and blog that aims to raise the self-esteem of young people by celebrating difference and challenging media perceptions of what beauty is. The project aims to stimulate debate and give visibility to disabled models, as well as models of different sizes and ethnicities. Ebony Clique fashion events and designs celebrate the different cultures and heritages that make up Battersea.
IAMNEXT supports underground young artists who are making positive music. It supports unknown artists in Battersea by helping them on their journey into the music industry, giving them platforms to develop artistically and to grow their fan base.
A board game for 2 – 4 players, which enables young people to ‘play out’ different moral and monitory decisions they may have to make growing up on an estate. The board game is based on life on Winstanley Estate and is being developed with Year 6 classes in primary schools around Battersea.
The panel included Paul Martin (Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council), Peter Ainsworth (Chair of Big Lottery Fund), Ali Niaz (Aspire2BGreat), Tim Campbell (Bright Ideas Trust) and Sunita Pandya (Freelance Producer and Arts Consultant).